SALEM – Jazz singer Jane Powell will featured at the May 6 graduation ceremony for American National University in Salem on May 3.
Powell is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist who has entertained Queen Elizabeth II, sang for Oprah Winfrey’s Mediterranean charter cruise in 2009, and opened for the legendary Ray Charles.
Graduation will be at 6 p.m. in the Salem Civic Center. It will be the first since the former Roanoke Valley campus of National College changed its name this year to reflect its diversity of educational offerings.
About 125 students are expected to graduate that day, university officials said. In addition to the students from the campus who will receive their diplomas and degrees, the ceremony will also confer three bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Business Administration degree for new graduates of the American National University Online program – an affiliated institution of National College.
Powell, who is from Salem, will be a speaker, not a singer at graduation, university officials said. She has performed in national commercials and feature films. She has been described as a “natural artist who possesses the depth of experience to draw upon the rich traditions of popular music, blend them with her unique vocal abilities and vibrant personality, and create music to uplift any audience.”